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Threads records indications of conversations and events important to Explorers Foundation, because somehow pertinent to the emergence of freeorder. If something in one of these interests you (beyond following the links provided), please contact us. Everything here has something to do with something our own visible region of freeorder network(s) is actually involved in.
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Many of the things found in Threads will be found, in greater detail, collected in Vortices.
 
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Vortices: Threads contain references to vortices, pages that record resources, discussions, and investments, relevant to Explorers Foundation areas of focus and investment.
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Vortices, are born, die, evolve, merge, split, flow, and evolve.
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A list of current Explorers Foundation Vortices •••
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References to vortices: “v” + the name, e.g. vGuardian
 
Explorers & freeorder — what’s good for explorers within each of us and among us. Explorers — everyone with strong imagination, curiosity, wonder, initiative, compassion; lovers of personally given or found aspects of the world, who endeavor to do something about and for what they love — with persistence, imagination, and integrity.
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose —with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” ~ James Stockdale [found on Patrick Byrne’s Deep Capture]
 
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freeorder : the vision and concept guiding Explorers Foundation and other ∮forge*
 
freeorder welds together free & order to ensure that never again will the two concepts be thought to be in opposition to one another.
freeorder expresses the idea that orders arising from freedom work best for all of us who wish to use our full powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of happiness and in service to people and things we love.
More extensive description of freeorder •••
* ∮forge is an abbreviation of “integrating freeorder generator,” an institutional form essential to the full emergence of freeorder, in various ways, among all of the world’s cultures, resulting in a “concert of civilizations,” a phrase used by James C. Bennett ••• author of The Anglosphere Challenge.
 
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Definitions of freeorder:
• What’s good for explorers, within each of us and among us.
• A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.
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The conjecture implied by the second definition is that Hayek’s insights into kinds of order are useful in thought and productive in action and will remain so as the world of freeorder evolves.
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The word quest indicates an aesthetics guided pattern of explorations. The romantic implications of the word are fundamental. The emergence of freeorder, within each of us and among us depends on fierce balances of romantic idealism and ruthless rationality.
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A third definition: freeorder names something needed by free people, within each of them and among them. This definition poses a question, the answers to which point to exits leading out of our current distress.
 
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How Explorers Foundation can be simultaneously liberal and conservative.
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We are liberal (in the original and future meaning) in that we are for the freedom of every individual to imagine, think, act, and collaborate; and we are conservative to the extent that what we seek to conserve is exactly that same freedom. Such conservation of liberty requires saying “no” to some visible good things, and thereby protecting essential but invisible good things.
 
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Freeorder Bridge 0.95 ••• version 0.95
Freeorder Bridge: from here to there ••• version 0.95 — a five page article (pdf) about how we will cross a seemingly impossibly wide strait. The metaphor of a suspension bridge is used to begin discussion of a centuries old chain of insights and actions that have enabled and will continue to enable the emergence of freeorder.
 
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Weavers of freeorder
Weavers of freeorder are pattern finders, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs, connection makers who work for all who discover that their home is Open Network.
Open Network names a freeorder comprised of and arising from all aspects of the world in which an explorer of sovereign spirit may rejoice. It is old. No one invented it.
freeorder is a balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.
Quest is an aesthetics governed pattern of explorations in course of which resonance grows.
Resonance is the expectation of magical flow, an emergent awareness arising from a fusing, in present action, of curiosity, intensity, sensitivity, integrity, and wonder.
These capabilities of human beings are the reason why Open Network came into being, why it continues to exist, and why it is inextinguishable.
 
 
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Hayek, on order, and how freeorder connects his “kinds of order” with quest
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🔹 The word order is fundamental:
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F. A. Hayek, in Volume I, Chapter Two, "Cosmos and Taxis", of Law, Legislation and Liberty (University of Chicago, 1973), suggests this definition of the word "order":
"By 'order' we shall throughout describe a state of affairs in which a multiplicity of elements of various kinds are so related to each other that we may learn from our acquaintance with some spatial or temporal part of the whole to form correct expectations concerning the rest, or at least expectations which have a good chance of proving correct."
"Taxis", as in "taxidermy" the deliberate ordering of the skin of animals. Cosmos = Greek for "natural order"; Taxis = Greek for "designed order."
This is a brilliant chapter and the origin of my work on freeorder.
Hayek's brilliance manifested itself in seeing that there is a third kind of order, sort of between "natural" and "designed". Those orders are "the results of human action but not of human design" and so have been called both "natural" and "designed" leading to endless confusion and discussions that are never resolved.
In such discussions the word freeorder is helpful.
This way of thinking about order becomes especially interesting when linked to the idea of optimizing quest, "an aesthetics governed pattern of explorations". Hayek did not do that, but it could be said to be implied in his work. I have made it explicit.
The word "governed" here means "highly influenced by," not "determined in entirety."
 
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This diagram from Legatum Institute ••• illustrates Explorers Foundation’s relationship with the other parts of the double star system to which we belong. Each such double star casts new light on its orbiting planets. With multiple well capitalized ∮forge the evolution of freeorder may accelerate fast enough to outrun disasters. “There is not a moment to be lost.” —Jack Aubrey •••
 
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May 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Event: Free Speech, Cancel Culture, and Viewpoint Diversity on Campus ••• Princeton, moderated by Robbie George, 6 pm ET, 20 May 2021 ~Alumni & Donors Unite •••
 
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Just in, an important note ••• from Calvin Coolidge ~Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation •••
 
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And, from someone who seems to be in sympathy with Coolidge:
 
American's-Creed
 
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Everyone should be free to discuss anything, and find fault if fault there is.
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“Are We Being Set Up for Mass Depopulation?” ••• by Joe Mercola, based on an interview ••• with Michael Yeadon, part of a yet to be released movie, “Planet Lockdown”. Michael Yeadon, Ph.D., is a life science researcher and former vice-president and chief scientist of allergy and respiratory research at Pfizer. —this interview contains an extremely unpleasant conjecture, but I’ve found it in the writing of others whom I respect, and so, I believe the conjecture should be criticized and defeated, if possible. And if not possible …? -ls
 
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Full interviews from “Planet Lockdown”: https://planetlockdownfilm.com/full-interviews/
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Partial list: Michael Yeadon, Václav Klaus, Knut Wittkowski, H.S.H Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, Reiner Fuellmich
 
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“Since it is difficult, or rather impossible, to represent a man’s life as entirely spotless and free from blame, we should use the best chapters in it to build up the most complete picture and regard this as the true likeness. Any errors or crimes, on the other hand, which may tarnish a man’s career and may have been committed out of passion or political necessity, we should regard rather as a lapse from a particular virtue than as the products of some innate vice. We must not dwell on them too emphatically in our history, but should rather show indulgence to human nature for its inability to produce a character which is absolutely good and uncompromisingly dedicated to virtue.” —Plutarch, in the life of Cimon
 
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“The individualist societies of the Anglosphere … have in economic matters generally had a transactional, rather than pseudo-familial and emotional relationship with the state. Anglosphere societies are neither economically egalitarian nor economically hierarchical by principle, but rather indifferent to economic equality.” —from James C. Bennett’s article ••• [Quadrant magazine] on Immanuel Todd’s latest book on the anthropology of family types.
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James C. Bennett writes of his review of Emmanuel Todd’s Lineages of Modernity: A History of Humanity from the Stone Age to Homo Americanus: “Europeans often wonder how America can be so dominant when it seems so archaic in so many ways compared to Europe. It is dominant precisely because it is so archaic."
 
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Alan Macfarlane: Tocqueville on China and America ••• [Cambridge] toward mutual understanding.
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An introduction to Macfarlane’s work, in interviews on his life and work by Richard Marshall ••• [Cambridge] Inspiring materials for anyone thinking about freeorder.
 
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April 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Steven Levy asks, “The more interesting question is whether we will care to distinguish between a human and a machine—even when we know we are talking to a machine.” ••• [Wired]
 
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Investments made by Explorers Foundation so far in 2021
CANZUK Space Policy Study (Part 1)
Who: James C. Bennett
What: Show the potential for collaboration among Canada, New Zealand, Australia,
and the UK in the provision of a superior environment for entrepreneurial space ventures.
Why: Jim’s study will reveal the freeorder generative qualities of the Anglosphere.
Amount: $6,000
Alumni and Donors Unite (ADU)
Who: Linda Sweeney
What: ADU will act in support of change agents reforming higher education.
Why: Quality education is essential to the preservation of civilization.
Amount: $2,500 + $500 in June of last year
What guides our investment philosophy: The vision and concept of quest serving balances among designed and spontaneous orders within individuals and cultures. We call such balances freeorder and are intent on generating an emergent culture we call Freeorder.
What we look for in people with whom we invest: Passionate and durable interest in something contributory to the emergence of Freeorder, in every case requiring curiosity, wonder, imagination, bold conjecture, critical thinking, and energy.
If the Emergence of Freeorder is seen as a multi-faceted crystal, then each of our investments relates to one or more of its faces.
Our pattern of investments is intended to evoke curiosity about that crystal and start conversations.
A table of EF investments describing each of our investments from 2004 to May 2021.
 
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Freeorder Generators (forge) track and invest in the emergence of Freeorder and the generative application of the principles of freeorder. Integrating forge (∮forge) are observation posts and capital sources dwelling on the edge of the Emergence. Each ∮forge has an extremely limited scope of vision, but we have been watching the development of special zones for many years, and believe that they constitute an important feature of the Emergence. Here are some fragments of a pattern (one of many possible) seen today from the ∮forge that includes Explorers Foundation.
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Spencer MacCallum’s The Art of Community ••• [free, otherwise not available] shows up in the early roots of many special zone projects … Spencer Heath’s Citadel, Market and Altar ••• [Reason review] … “Somalia - Clan Owned Freeports as Multi-Tenant Income Properties” ••• [glyph 392] ….. Richard Bolin created the World Export Processing Zone Association ••• — Bob Haywood worked with him and later became the director ….. Michael Strong and Mark Frazier's paper on "Women's Empowerment Free Zones" ••• ….. Startup Societies Foundation ••• … Charter Cities Institute ••• … Windward Foundation ••• [small land-improvement community governance] … The Seasteading Institute ••• … Institute for Competitive Governance ••• … Jim Bennett, the Anglosphere as optimal freezone host, New Victoria ••• … Honduras: Prospera ••• . Morazán City ••• [thanks to Joyce Brand] … Tom W. Bell ••• Your Next Government?: From the Nation State to Stateless Nations ••• [Amazon] . Ulex: the open source legal system ••• ….. Universidad Francisco Marroquin •••
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Spencer MacCallum: A Man Beyond His Time ••• [Barnes & Noble, hardcover] ••• [Amazon] by Mike Hamel
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“Ideas are seeds that originate in someone's imagination. Once shared, they are either ignored or pollenated by others. They take root and grow into beliefs, practices, and cultures. Good ideas produce good fruit. This book is a brief introduction to a man who has some great ideas that could lead to more humane societies. They deserve to be better understood and applied.This is the story of an extraordinary individual who always followed his own idiosyncratic passions. He interacted with, and influenced, some of the leading libertarian thinkers of his day. And he was the co-creator of possibly the only viable approach to a stateless world that could actually work.”
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“Spencer MacCallum & The World He Made: A Eulogy (1931-2020)” ••• by Zach Caceres
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“A Private Tech City Opens for Business in Honduras: Prospera, a mini startup nation with its own set of laws, begins recruiting residents amid local controversy” ••• [Bloomberg, March 2021]
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vOpenworld — Water, added to dry land, allows crops to grow. Freedom, added to land, allows everything to grow.
 
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What Birds Eat: How to Preserve the Natural Diet and Behavior of North American Birds ••• a recent book by Kim Long
 
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The Grand Unified Theory of Music: How to Play Hundreds of Ancient and Future Scales and Modulate in Just Intonation and with 53-note-to-the-octave tuning •••
 
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“Deregulation and Discovery: When we change the rules so that people’s freedom to innovate is no longer restricted, they can discover new and better approaches that might have been impossible before” ••• by Steven Horwitz ••• on Libertarianism.org
 
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A Summer Program to Invigorate Your Child's Passions — Expanse Summer •••
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This summer, Expanse is thrilled to invite students from around the world to explore exciting professional paths while developing essential life skills.
Our program integrates daily technical workshops with deep dives into the ideas of classical thinkers and their written works.
By the end of the program, students walk away with new technical skills, a project to jumpstart their professional portfolio, and deep reflections on how to vigorously pursue the life they want.
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Short video on Expanse Summer ••• [1 min 11 sec]
 
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Matt Kibbe, Free the People ••• important resources for Freeorder
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Matt Kibbe talks ••• to former Libertarian vice presidential nominee Spike Cohen about government fear mongering and the threat of vaccine passports to liberty. They also discuss how living with a chronic illness can be surprisingly motivating and what the Libertarian Party needs to do to get its house in order and start attracting voters. Cohen argues that Libertarians need to be better at addressing the practical concerns of real Americans and stop their bad habit of gatekeeping the movement.
Subscribe to Kibbe on Liberty on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, YouTube, or anywhere you get podcasts.
 
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James C. Bennett writes of his review of Emmanuel Todd’s Lineages of Modernity: A History of Humanity from the Stone Age to Homo Americanus: “Europeans often wonder how America can be so dominant when it seems so archaic in so many ways compared to Europe. It is dominant precisely because it is so archaic."
 
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“88 Years Ago, FDR Banned Gold. Will a Bitcoin Ban Be Next?” ••• Tho Bishop ••• at Mises Institute •••
 
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Zen snd the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was “… rejected by more than 120 publishers. But it went on to become one of the best-selling philosophical books of all time – topping more than 5 million copies across 27 different languages.” —article ••• about Robert Pirsig’s book, found at Praxis ••• [Discover Praxis]
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You Don't Need College to Unlock a Career You Love. Praxis is a college alternative that builds your skills and your network. Don’t pay [Praxis] until you’re hired. ••• [Discover Praxis]
 
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March 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Worth reading, distributing, discussing: “American Exodus: Don’t wait for the oligarchy to let you in. Just walk away” ••• published March 24, 2021 by Tablet Magazine ••• [about] by Angelo M. Codevilla ••• [bio at Independent Institute] author of The Ruling Class ••• [Reason Magazine review] There is a lot in this essay that fits the vision of the emergence of freeorder. ~thanks to Joe Bast for the link
 
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Why Is Everyone in Texas Not Dying? ••• Jeffrey A. Tucker ••• AIER •••
 
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Socialism consumes capital, the productive goods of the world, until finally we are overcome by the demands of nature.
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This is a paraphrase of Mises: “Socialism is not in the least what it pretends to be. It is not the pioneer of a better and finer world, but a spoiler of what thousands of years of civilization have created. It does not build; it destroys. For destruction is the essence of it. It produces nothing, it only consumes what the social order based on private ownership in the means of production has created.” – Ludwig von Mises, Socialism [1951], quoted in the FFF Daily, for 23 March 2021 published by The Future of Freedom Foundation •••
 
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Colorado Beaver Summit ••• October 20 & 22, 2021
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“As climate change accelerates, Colorado experiences drought conditions with greater frequency, intensity and duration. These changes threaten our water supplies, our forests and our way of life. Beavers can help mitigate these effects. Please join us Wednesday and Friday, October 20 and 22, for the first Colorado Beaver Summit to learn how this keystone species can help us avoid the worst effects of climate change.” —Colorado Headwaters •••
 
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Medici.tv: Yo-Yo Ma's moonlit magic: the Bach Cello Suites in Athens
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"These suites are so meaningful. They’re not only companions and friends, but they’ve also been reference points in my life… For almost six decades, they have given me sustenance, comfort, and joy during times of stress, celebration, and loss. What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times?" –Yo-Yo Ma
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A small part of this seems to be free, but then an invitation to subscribe appears. In my opinion it’s worth it. -ls
 
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Phase One of CANZUK Space Study, a project of James C. Bennett, is now funded
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Explorers Foundation is pleased to announce that it has funded Phase One of the Study Project on Canada-Australia-United Kingdom-New Zealand Collaboration in the Development of Interplanetary Space, or “CANZUK Space Study” for short. The Principal Investigator of this study will be James C. Bennett, who combines a long history of entrepreneurial activity, policy advocacy, and consulting in the commercial arena in the USA and UK with an equally long history of researching and writing about space policy, and broader topics of technology, politics, and society.
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Press Release, 15 March 2021 •••
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EF’s investments in the work of James C. Bennett •••
 
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Precautionary Principle Destroying the EU — paragraphs taken from “The precautionary principle is literally killing Europe” ••• Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, 16 Mar 2021, The Telegraph — the article is mainly about the handling of vaccines against the virus, but AEP uses it to illustrate and contrast general principles of importance.
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“The precautionary principle has been married with another EU deformity: its slow, rigid, legalistic ethos, and its 190,000 pages of near-irreversible Acquis. The two together have reinforced each other in a paralysing fashion. This regime is perfect for vested interests that know how to play the Brussels game and manipulate the regulatory committees. The zero-risk code can be mobilised to shut out rivals and new technologies that pose a commercial threat.”
“It is also true that the precautionary principle has made inroads into Anglo-Saxon societies. But only up to a point. The US, the UK, and Canada still cleave towards the ‘innovation principle’, a preference for trial-and-error and a willingness to risk failure along the way — ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’”. 
“You could argue that this philosophy has its roots in English Common Law, a legal culture that loosely permits behaviour unless explicitly forbidden by statute. It is fundamentally different from Napoleonic law that prohibits behaviour unless explicitly authorised – “guilty until proven innocent”. Legal scholars will object to this contrasting schema but it contains a nugget of truth.”
“The innovation philosophy also has roots in the Baconian Method: the scientific interrogation of facts: the bottom-up empiricism of Francis Bacon and his followers, from Newton through to the Scottish Enlightenment, and beyond. There are great Baconians in Continental Europe of course, but they are not dominant.” 
“What is dominant is the top-down Cartesian Method instilled into the French civil service, and through them into the EU’s machinery. It has fused with the zero-risk totemism of modern Germans to produce a precautionary monster, and a long list of destructive policies.”
“The vaccine saga has driven home the point that the British people really are different animals from Continental Europeans, a cultural distinction that dates back at least 700 years and one that is amply explored by Cambridge anthropologist Alan MacFarlane in The Origins of English Individualism. This island Sonderweg is not a myth.”
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Thanks to Jim Bennett, author of The Anglosphere Challenge, in which these ideas are deeply explored. vAnglosphere
 
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A principle of freeorder thinking: be extremely cautious about excessive (blinding) aggregation of data, resulting in loss of differences and distinctions which may be causal.
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“The weirdest people in the world?” ••• Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2010)
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“Abstract: Behavioral scientists routinely publish broad claims about human psychology and behavior in the world’s top journals based on samples drawn entirely from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) societies. Researchers – often implicitly – assume that either there is little variation across human populations, or that these “standard subjects” are as representative of the species as any other population. Are these assumptions justified? Here, our review of the comparative database from across the behavioral sciences suggests both that there is substantial variability in experimental results across populations and that WEIRD subjects are particularly unusual compared with the rest of the species – frequent outliers. The domains reviewed include visual perception, fairness, cooperation, spatial reasoning, categorization and inferential induction, moral reasoning, reasoning styles, self-concepts and related motivations, and the heritability of IQ. The findings suggest that members of WEIRD societies, including young children, are among the least representative populations one could find for generalizing about humans. Many of these findings involve domains that are associated with fundamental aspects of psychology, motivation, and behavior – hence, there are no obvious a priori grounds for claiming that a particular behavioral phenomenon is universal based on sampling from a single subpopulation. Overall, these empirical patterns suggests that we need to be less cavalier in addressing questions of human nature on the basis of data drawn from this particularly thin, and rather unusual, slice of humanity. We close by proposing ways to structurally re-organize the behavioral sciences to best tackle these challenges.”
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Thanks to Jim Bennett who led us here: https://traditionsofconflict.com/blog/2021/2/5/the-limits-of-the-proposed-behavioral-immune-system, which then led to here: https://www2.psych.ubc.ca/~henrich/pdfs/WeirdPeople.pdf —from which the above abstract is taken.
 
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Here’s a good link to Tanner Greer’s excellent review of Bennett & Lotus’ America 3.0:
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This book is currently contributing to the evolution of an Explorers Foundation project.
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Tanner’s blog is The Scholar’s Stage: https://scholars-stage.blogspot.com
 
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Leemon Baird, Hashgraph, a digital innovation based on gossip protocol, may become important in the evolving crypto world, especially for tokenized real world assets.
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Leemon Baird’s company, Hedera Hashgraph •••
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What is Asset Tokenization? ••• [Hedera website]
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What is Hashgraph Consensus? ••• [Hedera website]
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YouTube hosts talks by Leemon Baird. Search on “leemon+baird+hashgraph”
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Dr. Leemon Baird's talk: “Tokenization with Distributed Ledger Technologies"
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Originally delivered at Kennesaw State University. I cannot find a good link for this lecture, so it has been copied into our archive — a 500 MB .mp4, well illustrated. After click, the presentation starts almost immediately. A smaller .zip file is here: ••• -ls
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Thanks to Dr. Solomon Negash ••• Kennesaw State University.
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“The Swirlds Hashgraph Consensus Algorithm: Fair, Fast, Byzantine Fault Tolerance” ••• <the full paper, 2016> Leemon Baird ••• <the Hedera team> May 31, 2016, Swirlds Tech Report Swirlds-Tr-2016-01
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“Abstract. A new system, the Swirlds hashgraph consensus algorithm, is proposed for replicated state machines with guaranteed Byzantine fault tolerance. It achieves fairness, in the sense that it is dicult for an attacker to manipulate which of two transactions will be chosen to be first in the consensus order. It has complete asynchrony, no leaders, no round robin, no proof-of-work, eventual consensus with probability one, and high speed in the absence of faults. It is based on a gossip protocol, in which the participants don’t just gossip about transactions. They gossip about gossip. They jointly build a hashgraph reflecting all of the gossip events. This allows Byzantine agreement to be achieved through virtual voting. Alice does not send Bob a vote over the Internet. Instead, Bob calculates what vote Alice would have sent, based on his knowledge of what Alice knows. This yields fair Byzantine agreement on a total order for all transactions, with very little communication overhead beyond the transactions themselves.”
 
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The Complete Baseline of Health ••• [Amazon Kindle] Jon Barron •••
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“No longer limited by publishing costs and the confines of the printed page, it was my goal to make The Complete Baseline of Health the first truly essential alternative health book of the digital age.” —Jon Barron vMethuselah
Barron, Jon. The Complete Baseline of Health: The Digital Reference Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (p. 7). Barron & Barron Publishing. Kindle Edition.
 
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Robert Gore, on his, Straight Line Logic ••• has posted a link ••• to Brent Hamachek’s remarkable essay, “Understanding and Embracing the Role of the 21st-Century American Dissident” ••• [hamachek’s site]
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Excellent, by Robert Gore, Everything I Know About Business I Learned From The Godfather •••
 
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Οι θεοί στέλνουν νήμα για το έργο που ξεκίνησε — an ancient Greek saying (Homer?) inscribed on the wall of Andrew Carnegie’s study in New York, translated as “The Gods send thread for the web begun.”
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The translation of the word ἔργον is surprising. It means work, not web.
Probably, it was translated as web to more poetically convey the meaning in a stronger image. Looms, threads, and webs were central to Carnegie’s early life. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was he who required the “mistranslation” so as to make the saying deeply personal. He may have had that simple truth in his mind and heart long before he encountered the Greek saying, possibly passed down to him by generations of ancestral weavers. Speculation.
Carnegie knew it was an ancient Greek saying. On his wall I think it was in English.
http://www.briantaylor.com/AndrewCarnegie.htm — lists the quotations on the wall of his study, and cites Wall’s biography ••• [review by Thomas J. Misa , Illinois Institute of Technology] which was my original source when I used the quotation to explain the Open Network.
I have not seen a picture of the wall, but I expect the quotations were inscribed on the frieze.
 
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“Remembering Karl Popper” ••• by David Cohen, Feb 2021 on Quillette ••• vPopper
 
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What if the word freeorder is question more than answer? ••• [glyph 629]
 
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February 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Pulitzer Winning Journalist Charlie LeDuff Announces ••• [radio show] COVID Death Count Lawsuit Against Michigan Governor — working with Mackinac Center ••• to obtain records revealing why, how, and how many old people with CoVid were sent into nursing homes, probably infecting others and leading to a large number of unnecessary deaths.
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Reporter Charlie LeDuff has a show called “No BS News Hour” ••• — the name of the show is accurate. We need this kind of reporting. vSheridan
 
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News ••• from the Initiative for Free Trade ••• London vAnglosphere
 
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A wonderful, and I think, necessary book: The Lost Words ••• by Robert Macfarlane
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Helping to bridge the expanding gap between childhood and the natural world.
 
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Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny. ~Aristotle, distilled by Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, 1926. Thanks to Caelan Huntress, who wrote: "My quote of all time is a misattribution" ••• vEudaimonia
 
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Ethan Yang’s ••• “Why We Need Simple Rules for a Complex World” ••• written for the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER •••) explains that Epstein’s book “sets forth a general framework for an optimal legal and regulatory apparatus for a society as sophisticated as the one we have now. Its core assertion is that a system that maximizes freedom over one that seeks to regulate everything in its path would lead to a far better society.” vBlackstone
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“The main takeaway from this book is that there is massive potential to improve society, if we move away from the current manner in which we view regulation to a system that prioritizes individual autonomy.” —Yang
 
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Bibliographies by Williamson M. Evers ••• Independent Institute •••
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The Crisis in Civil Rights: Best Books and Articles on Race, Police, and the Welfare State •••
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Readings on Anti-Semitism •••
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Readings on Police Reform •••
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Readings on Poverty and the Welfare State •••
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Readings on Race and Civil Rights •••
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An introduction to Williamson M. Evers ••• [video: start at 1:40]
 
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After Collapse: The End of America and the Rebirth of Her Ideals ••• [Amazon] by Max Borders ••• [Facebook]
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After Collapse provides basis for imaginative and critical discussion. It should be widely read, especially in schools where there is interest in learning to think rather than only to believe and react. Things are bad enough to require deep thought and resolute action — which may succeed!
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This book could profitably be read along with America 3.0 by James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus. See Tanner Greer’s review ••• on The Scholar’s Stage •••
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Greer writes: “It is unusual for me to read a book aimed at popular conservative audiences.  I am something of a disaffected conservative. Crony capitalism and government overreach have proved to be bipartisan endeavors, and I have long lost faith that the Republican party can ever be more than an organ of America's governing elite. [1] Outside of the beltway the broader currents of mainstream conservatism are so full of angry sound and righteous fury (and nothing else) that I have long stopped paying close attention them. The movement is in desperate need of a clearer vision and more compelling purpose.”
 
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Is it time to question the PCR virus test and challenge the policies built on it?
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“Coronavirus Scandal Breaking in Merkel’s Germany. False Positives and the Drosten PCR Test” ••• by F. William Engdahl
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“The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d’État and the “Great Reset” ••• by Michel Chossudovsky
 
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The Tyranny of Metrics ••• [Princeton] by Jerry Z. Muller •••
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The most countable things are sometimes poor guides.
 
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An attempt to cancel Dorian S. Abbot at University of Chicago was defeated [see “More Weight] with the help of the Free Speech Union ••• vGuardian
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“‘More Weight’: An Academic’s Guide to Surviving Campus Witch Hunts” ••• by Dorian S. Abbot, 5 Feb 2021
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“Since these cancellation tactics are increasingly being deployed against academics who advocate mainstream views on any number of subjects—including hiring and admission—I’ve assembled some thoughts based on my recent experience, in the hope that my advice might be useful to others who find themselves in my position. If we’re going to defend the pursuit of truth, the primacy of reason, and academic freedom effectively, we need to discuss tactics that have worked, and build on these successes.”
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Free Speech Union ••• — defense services
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Free speech is the bedrock on which all our other freedoms rest, yet it is currently in greater peril than at any time since the Second World War. The Free Speech Union is a non-partisan, mass-membership public interest body that stands up for the speech rights of its members. If you think there’s a risk you’ll be penalised for exercising your legal right to free speech, whether it’s in the workplace or the public square, you need the protection of the Free Speech Union. How might we protect you?
• If you find yourself being targeted by a digital outrage mob on social media for having exercised your legal right to free speech, we may mobilise an army of supporters.
• If a petition is launched calling for you to be fired, when you’ve done nothing other than exercise your legal right to free speech, we may help you organise a counter-petition.
• If you’re no-platformed by a university—a feminist professor who challenges trans orthodoxy, for instance—we’ll encourage you to fight back and members of our advisory councils may be able to tell you what remedies are available to you.
• If you’re a student being investigated by your university for breaching a speech code, we may take up your case with the university.
• If you’re punished by your employer because you’ve exercised your lawful right to free speech, we’ll do our best to provide you with assistance or refer you to specialists who can help.
 
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“Substack is a place for independent writing. Subscribe directly to writers you trust. Take back your mind” ••• vSheridan
 
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“My Resignation from the Intercept” [29Oct20] ••• Glenn Greenwald •••
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“The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles.”
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“The Journalistic Tattletale and Censorship Industry …” ••• Glenn Greenwald
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‘A new and rapidly growing journalistic “beat” has arisen over the last several years that can best be described as an unholy mix of junior high hall-monitor tattling and Stasi-like citizen surveillance. It is half adolescent and half malevolent. Its primary objectives are control, censorship, and the destruction of reputations for fun and power. Though its epicenter is the largest corporate media outlets, it is the very antithesis of journalism.’
 
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Once upon a time, gold bonds were the norm. They effectively financed productive enterprise & generated income for bondholders – until 1933. It took 87 years, but now the gold bond market is reemerging ••• [audio 23 min, youtube] an interview with Keith Wiener, Monetary Metals •••
 
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“Tech Wars: RCA and the Television Industry” ••• by Gary Hoover, The American Business History Center ••• vWatt
 
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Scottsdale, Ariz, February 5, 2021—Monetary Metals® announces the renewal and expansion of its gold, silver & platinum leases to Money Metals Exchange, to finance the Idaho-based business’ bullion inventory. vMulligan
 
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Dubai Creates 'Space Court' For Out-of-this-world Disputes ••• “The tribunal will be based at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, an independent British-inspired arbitration centre based on common law.” vAnglosphere
 
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January 2021 - threads of freeorder
 
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Michael Yon, journalist & photographer, “America’s most experienced living combat correspondent”. An interview with Yon: “'Agent Provocateur' Tactics Seen at Jan 6 US Capitol Protest” ••• [video, youtube]
 
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How the Great Barrington Declaration Came to Be ••• with Jeffrey Tucker
 
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Monetary Metals ••• issues world’s first gold bond ••• since 1933
 
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December 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World ••• by Virginia Postrel •••
 
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Shelby Steele’s new investigative documentary, “What Killed Michael Brown?” ••• Reviews: Chicagoboyz ••• National Review ••• Reason •••
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Steel’s idea of “poetic truth” is interesting and useful.
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Mr. Steele is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. This article is adapted from his forthcoming [now published] book Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country.
 
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Samizdata ••• A blog for people with a critically rational individualist perspective
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“The Samizdata people are a bunch of sinister and heavily armed globalist illuminati who seek to infect the entire world with the values of personal liberty and several property.
Amongst our many crimes is a sense of humour and the intermittent use of British spelling.
We are also a varied group made up of social individualists, classical liberals, whigs, libertarians, extropians, futurists, ‘Porcupines’, Karl Popper fetishists, recovering neo-conservatives, crazed Ayn Rand worshipers, over-caffeinated Virginia Postrel devotees, witty Frédéric Bastiat wannabes, cypherpunks, minarchists, kritarchists and wild-eyed anarcho-capitalists from Britain, North America, Australia and Europe.”
 
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Virus: “The Decimal Point that Blew Up the World” ••• by Jeffrey A. Tucker ••• for AIER •••
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“What was the basis of panic that led the lights to darken on civilization?”
 
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Spencer MacCallum (1931-2020) ••• True, beautiful: A eulogy by Zach Caceres •••
 
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Brexit Party transforms ••• into Reform Party — vAnglosphere
 
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Wolfram Alpha partners with IOHK to integrate data from the Cardano blockchain •••
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Stephen Blackwood ••• of Ralston College ••• interviews ••• Stephen Wolfram •••
 
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“It’s time for the ‘Deplorables’ to become the Unconquerables” ••• Glenn H. Reynolds ••• New York Post, December 17, 2020 — Glenn H. Reynold’s blog, Instapundit •••
 
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The wave that sweeps away authoritarian culture will be a Romantic one. It will not be fundamentally rational or logical. Freeorder names a Romantic movement, in which logic is an indispensable servant of art, never forsaken, but never dominant. The songs that rise in all of us will make a wind to sweep authoritarian opposition to oblivion. -ls
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thumos (from Greek: θυμός) ~thanks to Roger Kimball for his essay •••
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Thumos (also commonly spelled 'thymos'; Greek: θυμός) is a Greek word expressing the concept of "spiritedness" (as in "spirited stallion" or "spirited debate"). The word indicates a physical association with breath or blood and is also used to express the human desire for recognition. It is not a somatic feeling, as nausea and giddiness are.
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We need a new word to throw into the faces of the opponents of liberty, a word with spirit and ring to it. A word that demands a response when there can be no reasoned response. Defense, only, will fail. We must take the offensive.
 
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Filecoin interviews ••• tell a magnificent story of freeorder, building a massive project from quest serving balances among designed and spontaneous orders … immutable storage of documents . uses in journalism . future of archives . Protocol Labs and development of the IPFS file system .
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Protocol Labs ••• developers of the IPFS file system
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A user of Filecoin: USC Shoah Foundation ••• – “The Institute for Visual History and Education, formerly Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust (which in Hebrew is called the Shoah) and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action.” -Wikipedia
 
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UK Medical Freedom Alliance ••• Professionals supporting medical choice and informed consent - articles •••
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Doctors and Medical Professionals From All Over The World Speak Out : On Covid, vaccinations etc: ••• [video on Brighteon - brief statements]
 
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The Mother Tree Project •••
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“The Mother Tree Project explores how connections and communication between trees, particularly below-ground connections between Douglas-fir Mother Trees and seedlings, could influence forest recovery and resilience following various harvesting and regeneration treatments. The project was designed to explore these relationships across different climates, in order to understand how climate change could influence these processes and affect the outcomes of the treatments.”
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About the research of Dr. Suzanne Simard, forest ecology professor at the University of British Columbia, founder of the Project: “The Social Life of Forests: Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another?” ••• by Ferris Jabr, Photographs by Brendan George Ko
 
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Sean Gabb’s critique ••• of the phrase “Cultural Marxism”
 
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British abolition of slavery
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“How much did all this cost? David Eltis reckoned that the suppression of the Atlantic slave-trade cost British taxpayers a minimum of £250,000 per annum (equal to about £1 billion today) for half a century.” https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/britain-slave-trade-and-the-problem-with-decolonisation- by Nigel Bigger, Nov 29, 2020
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See also Bigger’s “Britain, Slavery, and Anti-Slavery,” Nov 26, 2020
 
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November 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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“Civil Disobedience Over Lockdowns Spreads Across America” ••• by Jon Miltmore, 25Nov20
 
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Education: Teaching how to think, not what to believe
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Alumni and Donors Unite. Taking action to restore academic freedom in higher education.
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Our purpose
Alumni and Donors Unite brings awareness of the need for a return to the original purpose of a college education. We support education not indoctrination, and are on a mission to restore free inquiry and individual empowerment to higher education by leveraging the substantial financial power and influence of alumni and other donors to counterbalance “overt threats to free-speech and diversity of thinking” and the cultural Marxism that is prevalent on college campuses. We open the eyes of donors—many of whom have little idea of the degree and depth of the corruption at their alma maters. We connect alumni and other who care deeply about higher education, with their options to support those changes, and invest in alignment with their values.
We are an “action tank”! Mobilizing/activating alumni and donors to engage and face down the issues in higher ed. In a myriad of ways.
Linda Sweeney
Founder
Alumni and Donors Unite
(858) 699-4736
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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education ••• (FIRE)
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“The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of liberty.”
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FIRE, on the Chicago Statement ••• [pdf]
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National Association of Scholars ••• (NAS)
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“The National Association of Scholars upholds the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom, searches for the truth, and promotes virtuous citizenship.”
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James Martin Center ••• (JMC)
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“Our goals are to improve colleges and universities, especially in North Carolina.
We want to:
• Increase the diversity of ideas taught, debated, and discussed on campus;
• Encourage respect for the institutions that underlie economic prosperity and freedom of action and conscience;
• Increase the quality of teaching and students’ commitment to learning so that they graduate with strong literacy and fundamental knowledge;
• Encourage cost-effective administration and governance.
To do this we will:
• Inform parents, students, trustees, alumni, and administrators about actual learning on campus and how it can be improved;
• Inform taxpayers about the use and impact of their funds;
• Find ways to acquaint students with ideas that are dismissed or marginalized on campuses today;
• Be a watchdog for legislative and administrative governance.
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Ralston College ••• Stephen Blackwood ••• founder
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“Ralston College is committed to an educational vision that enables students to lead lives of self-knowledge, freedom, and substance. The most distinguished colleges and universities in the world have historically been likewise committed, and there are still today pockets of teachers, administrators, and institutes who endeavor to honor that vision.”
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Robert P. George, Princeton
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“Advice to Students on the Fringes of the Moment” ••• — For students at any university caught up in a moment of demand for uniform opinion. George posted a note to Princeton students, on his Facebook page, 25 Aug 2020. This paragraph captures the essence of George's advice:
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“Thinking is not something that can be outsourced. You have to do it for yourself. Don't let your professors tell you what to think. Don't let popular opinion on campus dictate your convictions. If a professor tries to indoctrinate you, resist. His or her job is to educate you. Indoctrination is the antithesis of education. If there is groupthink on campus, the response it should trigger in you is a desire to probe and question. What is to be said on the other side? Are there thinkers and writers who doubt or deny the "consensus"? If so, read and carefully consider what they have to say. Make up your own mind. Think for yourself.”
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The entire Facebook note from Robert P. George: http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/623.html
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The Philadelphia Statement ••• (please consider signing)
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“Social Media mobs. Cancel culture. Campus speech policing. These are all part of life in today’s America. Freedom of expression is in crisis. Truly open discourse—the debates, exchange of ideas, and arguments on which the health and flourishing of a democratic republic crucially depend—is increasingly rare. Ideologues demonize opponents to block debates on important issues and to silence people with whom they disagree.
“We must ask ourselves: Is this the country we want? Surely not. We want—and to be true to ourselves we need—to be a nation in which we and our fellow citizens of many different faiths, philosophies, and persuasions can speak their minds and honor their deepest convictions without fear of punishment and retaliation.
“If we seek a brighter future, we must relearn a fundamental truth: Our liberty and our happiness depend upon the maintenance of a public culture in which freedom and civility coexist—where people can disagree robustly, even fiercely, yet treat each other as human beings—and, indeed, as fellow citizens—not mortal enemies. “Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist,” Frederick Douglass declared in 1860. Indeed, our liberal democracy is rooted in and dependent upon the shared understanding that all people have inherent dignity and worth, and that they must be treated accordingly.”
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The complete statement ••• (please consider signing)
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The Chicago Statement
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‘The “Chicago Statement” refers to the free speech policy statement produced by the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago. In July of 2014, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Eric D. Isaacs tasked the Committee with “articulating the University’s overarching commitment to free, robust, and uninhibited debate and deliberation among all members of the University’s community.” The Committee, which was chaired by esteemed University of Chicago Law School professor Geoffrey Stone, released the report (Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression) in January of 2015.’
 
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Stand Together Foundation ••• [letter about] created by Brian Hooks (CEO) and Charles G. Koch
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Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World ••• by Charles G. Koch and Brian Hooks. The authors of this book understand freeorder.
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The authors write: “We believe so much in the potential of all people that when you order the book, we'll invest the full purchase price evenly among these six change-makers.”
 
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Benjamin Disraeli & William Gladstone ••• [video, youtube] seismographs are picking up interesting vibrations.
 
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Matt Taibbe ••• a journalist we are reading and admiring
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“The Worst Choice Ever” ••• on the U.S. election: “Donald Trump is a disaster, but Joe Biden's party is democratic in name only. Why this year's election is a vomit milkshake” -Taibbe
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vSheridan •••
 
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Freedom Foundation of Southern Africa ••• work ••• on Covid-19 lockdown
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“The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has promoted and fostered an open society, the Rule of Law, personal liberty, and economic and press freedom since its founding in 1975. The current global outbreak of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) is no exception. The FMF is deeply concerned about the overly intrusive and restrictive measures the South African government, and other governments, have unleashed upon their populations.
“The economic impact of the so-called national lockdown will be dire, particularly for South Africa’s poor, ten million of whom were unemployed before the disaster began. The arbitrary designation and thus closure of many businesses deemed “non-essential” will for many years haunt the economy. The constitutional rights and civil liberties of all South Africans are on the line.”
 
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South Africa, Khaya Lam: Transformation through Ownership •••
KhayaLamlogo
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“Full title deeds through Bond Cancellation. Land Reform breakthrough by Remgro, Cederberg Municipality and FMF in Clanwilliam, Western Cape
“On 8 October 2020, in a landmark event for the FMF's Khaya Lam (My Home) Land Reform Project, Remgro Limited and the Cederberg Municipality, for the first time, presented 45 full title deeds to lawful property owners in Clanwilliam under the Bond Cancellation initiative. This is the first tranche of 150 full title deeds entirely funded by Remgro Limited. It is also the first physical presentation to take place since the COVID-19 National Disaster was declared and the original date had to be postponed. The ceremony was held at the Kathy Johnson Hall, Clanwilliam, in the North of the Western Cape.”
 
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October 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Ten Imperatives of the Rule of Law: Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa ••• Rule of Law Project •••
 
The Rule of Law is a Founding Provision of South Africa’s Constitution but this potentially powerful brake on the executive branch of government has not been playing its proper deterring role. A likely reason for this is that most South Africans do not have an adequate understanding of the true meaning of the rule of law. 
The Rule of Law Project formulated the following 10 imperatives of the Rule of Law.
 
1. All law must be clear, predictable, accessible, not contradictory, and shall not have retrospective effect.
2 All legislation that makes provision for discretionary powers, must also incorporate the objective criteria by which those powers are to be exercised. The enabling legislation must, in addition, stipulate the purpose or purposes for which the powers may be exercised.
3 All law must apply the principle of equality before the law.
4 All law must be applied fairly, impartially, and without fear, favour or prejudice.
5 The sole legitimate authority for making substantive law rests with the legislature, which authority shall not be delegated to any other entity.
6 No law shall have the aim or the effect of circumventing the final authority of the courts.
7 No one may be deprived of or have their property expropriated, except if done with due process for the public interest, and in exchange for market-related, fair and just compensation.
8 The law shall afford adequate protection of classical individual rights.
9 All law must comply with the overriding principle of reasonableness, which comprehends rationality, proportionality, and effectiveness.
10 The legislature and organs of state shall observe due process in the rational exercise of their authority.
 
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Commstar Space Communications™ Announces Its Intention to Deploy Next-Generation Hybrid Data Relay Satellite between the Earth and the Moon by 2023 ••• ~thanks to Jim Bennett
 
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Diana Davis Spencer Foundation ••• recently visible as part of a freeorder network pattern
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The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation espouses the values upon which our nation was founded: freedom and individual responsibility. The mission of the foundation is to promote national security, entrepreneurship, self-reliance, free enterprise, and to enhance quality of life by supporting the arts, education, global understanding, health advancements, and preservation of the environment.
 
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freeorder is NOT a synonym for “spontaneous order”. If it were so there would be no need for the word. Thanks to many who have made me aware of this misunderstanding.
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freeorder is made of three essentials:
Designed order (intention)
Spontaneous order (self-assembly, autopoiesis)
Quest (individual and shared)
Above all, freeorder, is a balance that must be sought, endlessly. (Tao)
The quality of balance is judged by service to quest.
 
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Issues & Insights ••• real journalism, a project of the editors of Investors Business Daily
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About: “This site was started by the team that for decades had produced IBD Editorials at Investor’s Business Daily. Unlike other pundits and media celebrities, we do the hard work of reporting and researching stories before we offer our uncompromising viewpoints on them. We have years of experience covering a wide range of topics, and our goal is to use our accumulated wisdom to help our readers better understand the events shaping the country. We are unapologetically pro free market and for a limited federal government. And we firmly believe that reasoned, intelligent, sober, sophisticated debate, free of insults and pettiness and hatred, is still possible in the U.S.”
 
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Alumni and Donors Unite, latest statement of purpose:
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‘Alumni and Donors Unite brings awareness of the need for a return to the original purpose of a college education. We support education, not indoctrination, and are on a mission to restore free inquiry and individual empowerment to higher education by leveraging the substantial financial power and influence of alumni and other donors to counterbalance “overt threats to free-speech and diversity of thinking” and the cultural Marxism that is prevalent on college campuses. We open the eyes of donors—many of whom have little idea of the degree and depth of the corruption at their alma maters.  We connect alumni and other who care deeply about higher education, with their options to support those changes.’
 
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The design of governance for the United States demonstrates a principle of freeorder: Always consider the good returns to be gained by deliberate abstention from control of things that are within your power to control. In the case of USA, that limitation was implemented through federalism. An excellent article ••• by Hannah Cox ••• on this was just published by FEE •••
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“There’s Only One Way to Stop Polarization from Tearing America Apart: When another person’s vote has the ability to wield enormous power over your life and make sweeping changes in your community, that is going to lead to hostility.” —Hannah Cox
 
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Herodotus: breaking the bonds of rationality and unfreezing the river of imagination:
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“If an important decision is to be made, they [the Persians] discuss the question when they are drunk, and the following day the master of the house where the discussion was held submits their decision for reconsideration when they are sober. If they still approve it, it is adopted; if not, it is abandoned. Conversely, any decision they make when they are sober, is reconsidered afterwards when they are drunk.” -Herodotus, c. 484 – c. 425 BC
 
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Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition. Of nearly every other form of freedom —Judge Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, Palko v. Connecticut [1937]. Sent today from Future of Freedom Foundation •••
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Randal O’Toole’s Reforming the Forest Service, reviewed by Denis D. Fort in an Agricultural Law Research Article •••
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O’Toole’s work contributes to freeorder in many ways. -ls
 
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Tom Woods, on the costs of anti-virus lockdowns
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References for “The Fact-Free COVID Dystopia”
Click here for the article on lockdowns and COVID spread.
Click here for my free eBook Your Facebook Friends Are Wrong About the Lockdown.
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Great Barrington Declaration ••• As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.
 
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Let’s get the world drunk on visions of good, one small brandy distillery at a time, calling forth a massive salute of gratitude to winemakers of all kinds, times, and places. When sober we do the work. Thank you for every bit of it.
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Each integrating forge (∮forge) is such a distillery.
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Response from an anonymous friend:
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“Thank you, my friend, eloquently put. Our mighty God is at history's winepress, trampling out the grapes of his righteous and redeeming wrath. Is it grimly tiring to be there serving him? Yes, but I wouldn't miss it for the world.”
 
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September 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
Oliver Wendell Holmes The Chambered Nautilus
Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!
“Art is the creation of form symbolic of human feeling” —Susanne K. Langer, Feeling and Form, pg. 40, Scribner's, 1953
 
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freeorder —> Freeorder
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This asserts that pursuit of quest enhancing balances among designed and spontaneous orders, a pursuit iterated everylevel, everywhere, everytime, will progressively approach better states, as judged by explorers, defined as those who treasure and manifest curiosity, wonder, integrity, strength, and compassion.
 
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A freeorder strategy: “Complexity Scientist Beats Traffic Jams Through Adaptation”
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The computer scientist Carlos Gershenson of the National Autonomous University of Mexico likes to solve urban mobility problems like heavy traffic by applying complexity research and principles of self-organization. ••• published in Quanta Magazine •••
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“The problem may be that most engineers are taught traditional methods based on predicting what is to be controlled, and they try to improve on those methods. But for complex systems, prediction is almost hopeless. The moment you achieve optimality, the problem changes. The solution is obsolete already.” ~thanks to Dick Eshelman for the links
 
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The first capture on Wayback Machine of an Explorers Foundation page, 12 Feb 2003
 
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Jon Rappoport ••• Investigative Reporter, on the act of creation
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‘In fact, the deeper you explore the concept of freedom, the more you realize that creating something new, and creating that occurs outside a tight chain of prior cause and effect, are very much a part of what freedom means. Understanding these factors should be liberating.
There are several other phenomena that are closely related to “creating from nothing.” They are spontaneous insight and spontaneous invention. They occur in a flash, in the moment. They can’t be reduced to “logical implications in a chain of cause and effect.” They can’t be reduced at all.
‘And then there is this—I’ll refer to it through an experience I had in 1963, when I was living and painting in a small studio in Los Angeles. One night I was sitting at my table staring at a blank sheet of paper. I had a pencil in my hand. Suddenly, my mind was empty and crystalline. I knew in my bones, as clearly as I knew I was sitting there, that I had unlimited choices. There was no boundary on what I could draw. I was ecstatic. I made a shape on the paper. The immediate novelty of it was overwhelmingly joyous. I kept making shapes on the paper. The emerging drawing held, for me, the core of what I needed to know about life: every moment could be marvelously unhindered and free. I was always on the cusp of being able to choose a future; and being in that position, in the moment, was an experience of unrivaled beauty. Never again would I think of freedom in a dry clinical way.’ —https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/09/19/the-matrix-exit-when-the-individual-creates/
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The Act of Creation ••• Arthur Koestler, 1964 - a great book, an opening into freeorder - the link goes to a complete copy of the book on Wayback Machine ••• <archive.org
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Arthur Koestler ••• <wikipedia
 
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Sharyl Attkisson podcast: “The swine flu epidemic that was not as CDC advertised” ••• vSheridan
 
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An interesting business: how to own gold, lease it, and receive income in gold: Monetary Metals ••• company’s website.
 
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Randal O’Toole, interesting & knowledgeable writer, especially on transport, and forest care. “Time to Shut Down the DC Metro Rail” ••• O’Toole, 16 Sep 20.
 
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“Overturning COVID restrictions and states of emergency: Memo to lawyers: What are you waiting for? File big cases now” ••• by Jon Rappoport, September 16, 2020
 
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LBRY ••• “It's time to take back control from YouTube and Amazon. Top creators, self-respecting users, the privacy conscious, computer geeks, freedom lovers, loveable kooks, and readers of small gray text everywhere choose LBRY, because it's open, fair, and free.”
 
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YouTube Censors; LBRY ••• Preserves Access to interview with Dr. Scott Atlas
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“In late August, the Hoover Institution filmed an in-depth interview with Dr. Scott Atlas who serves as a top health advisor to the White House, more or less replacing Anthony Fauci in that role. 
“Atlas is an advocate for opening up the economy and allowing natural immunities to control the virus. In this, he has many colleagues in the public-health profession who agree with him, including many epidemiologists, virologists, immunologists, and medical doctors, all names frequently covered at AIER. This interview conducted by Hoover allows him to explain his views in depth. 
“Incredibly, YouTube has taken down the video interview of Scott Atlas for the usual vague reasons about community standards. 
“Alex Berenson is right: ‘As censorship goes, this is both terrifying and idiotic. Like him or hate him, Scott Atlas is ADVISING THE PRESIDENT ON COVID – no one gains when YouTube denies everyone the chance to hear what he thinks. People who oppose him should want to know even more.’ 
“Two aspects of this are fortunate. LBRY has retained a copy and that copy is embedded below. In addition, Hoover retains a complete transcript of the interview. 
“If this can happen to a world-class and highly credentialed expert like Atlas, it can happen to anyone. We need decentralized solutions like LBRY now, in the interest of openness, freedom, and truth.”
 
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Risk: “A Scientist’s Plea: The World is Not a Safe Space” ••• Roger W. Koops ••• AIER •••
 
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Ivor Cummins’ “Viral Issue Crucial Update Sept 8th: the Science, Logic and Data Explained!” ••• <YouTube data, facts, comprehensible charts and interpretation. Cummins hallenges the need for lockdowns. Habitual submission to ignorant authority is more dangerous than any virus.
 
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An article about someone in the tradition of freeorder who should not be forgotten: Thomas Hodgskin (1787-1869) ••• , a “critic of capitalism and defender of free trade and early trade unions. He is sometimes seen as a forerunner to Marx.” ~thanks to Michael J. Lotus
 
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“The Coming Coup?” ••• by Michael Anton ••• in “The American Mind”, a publication of the Claremont Institute ••• If this article plausibly describes a current possibility it is worth serious pre-emptive thought and action.
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When a large number of associated people begin acting like cornered rats it is worth asking why they are behaving that way. Perhaps they have something extremely important to lose. In that case there may be something the rest of us could do to reduce their (perhaps justified) fear. We might thereby find a way to avoid catastrophe consequent to their desperation.
 
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Charles Koch’s ‘An Open Letter Regarding Higher Education’ •••
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‘In 2005, a forward-thinking Ivy League professor envisioned a powerful antidote to the polarization that now afflicts our society. He created a program that allowed students to interact freely with a diversity of ideas.  It encouraged them to consider and evaluate alternate points of view—even if they didn’t ultimately find the ideas persuasive. The cornerstone of his project was a speaker series that featured prominent people with radically different ideas discussing challenging and divisive topics such as inequality and immigration. The professor’s mission was to make his university “worthy of students who arrive expecting a great adventure.” That was a great idea.’ -the complete letter •••
 
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Proton Mail ••• & Hong Kong
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“Proton stands with Hong Kong. On July 6, the Hong Kong government introduced rules that give law enforcement sweeping censorship and surveillance powers. The move was a grave blow to Hong Kong's freedom.
 
“As part of our mission to promote privacy and freedom for all, we will be giving 50% of our ProtonVPN revenue from Hong Kong during July and August to two local organizations: 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund and Stand With Hong Kong.”
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“Help us defend democracy and freedom in Hong Kong.” ••• -July 21st, 2020 by Andy Yen
 
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August 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
“Le microbe n’est rien, le terrain est tout.” (The microbe is nothing, the terrain is everything) —The last words of Louis Pasteur (Father of the “Germ Theory” of disease) •••
 
Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their message:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
 
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Audubon Conservation Ranching •••
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Parker Pastures ••• becomes Audubon certified as a conservation ranch •••
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Parker Pastures is a major provider for Pasture Provisions ••• ~thanks to Justin Longo
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Justin Longo interviews ••• Bill and Kelli of Parker Pastures.
 
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Monetary Metals ••• The New Way to Hold Gold ••• ~thanks to JD Bertron •••
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“Our Gold Fixed Income leases connect investors with the gold-producing businesses we mentioned earlier: mints, precious metals dealers, refiners, jewelers, and mining companies.
They happily pay a fee - in metal! - to lease your gold & silver, using it as inventory or work-in-progress.
 
“This unique financing solution eliminates their exposure to the volatility of the metals prices, which lowers their financing costs. It often enables them to extract working capital back out of their inventory so they can build out their business further.
“Meanwhile, you receive a steady interest income on your gold – paid in gold – without spending down any of your gold capital.”
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I’m interested in opinions about this company and its way of doing buiness. -ls
 
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Good article and discussion on Chicago Boyz ••• “The Rolling Kristalnacht” •••
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Posted by Sgt. Mom on August 19th, 2020 (All posts by Sgt. Mom)
‘The rolling Kristallnacht of “mostly peaceful” protests organized and sponsored by the unholy union of Antifa and BLM continues unabated in those mostly progressive Democrat party municipalities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, and New York. Give the protesters, rioters and looters credit for stamina; they’ve kept it up for nearly two months now, and look to be going strong, still.’
 
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altCensored.com: YouTube limits access to videos that are neither illegal, nor violate their own Terms and Conditions or Community Guidelines. ~thanks to Sharyl Attkisson
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"Limited state" videos are placed behind a warning message, cannot be shared, monetized or easily found, and have likes, comments, view counts and suggested videos disabled.
YouTube removes videos that violate their ever-changing and arbitrarily enforced Community Guidelines, while Creators increasingly "self-censor" trying to avoid channel strikes and terminations.
altCensored.com is an unbiased community catalog of 66178 limited state, removed, and self-censored YouTube videos across 6377 monitored channels, of which 1013 have been deleted and 2044 are being archived in case of deletion.
 
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Two facts about Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM) ~thanks to Marcy Ayanian
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"The Ludwig von Mises Library ••• (Spanish) has 100,000 visitors annually and is the most extensive collection of works on liberty in Latin America."
"The Henry Hazlitt Center co-ordinates the courses of Economic Process (I, II and III) and Social Philosophy (Hayek and the Austrian School) that are offered to all undergraduate students in all schools."
 
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FIRE ••• : “FIRE’s mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of liberty.”
 
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“The Fall of Tax-Funded Universities and Rise of Alternatives” ••• by Mark Frazier, who was and is the inspiration for Vortex Openworld vOpenworld
 
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“Walt Disney: Entrepreneur without Peer” ••• a new biographical essay by Gary Hoover of American Business History Center ••• written for and first published by Archbridge Institute •••
 
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Government, Big Business, Food, Health
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In the 1950s the U.S. Government, major medical and food providers, and the media, knowingly or not collaborated to convince the American people of something that was profitable but not true. Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig PhD’s article “The Oiling of America” ••• is good background for thinking about any government/media/business response to a big health issue. vMethuselah
 
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Opinion: Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk Covid-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis, by Dr. Harvey A Risch
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As published in Newsweek •••
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The original paper ••• at American Journal of Epidemiology •••
 
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“Together we’ve flattened the curve, now it’s time to flatten the fear. Doctors from around the country are saying it’s okay to get back to work and reopen America.” Flatten The Fear ••• a project of Job Creators Network Foundation •••
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Covid-19 Facts ••• from Flatten the Fear
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Nothing could be more dangerous than cultivating a submissive and helpless population. -ls
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The cost of perfect safety is ruinous; its pursuit is not safe. -ls
 
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Micro-businesses blunt the economic impact of COVID-19 ••• (GoDaddy’s Venture Forward project)
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Venture Forward •••
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“Venture Forward is a multi-year GoDaddy project looking at millions of microbusinesses, or ventures, across the U.S. and the economic impact they make on their communities and the nation. Our mission is to give a greater voice to these everyday entrepreneurs who help drive prosperity, reduce unemployment, and stay resilient in economic downturns by sharing our raw data and insights, in the spirit of making a more inclusive economy.”
 
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Olaudah Equiano - an inspiration
 
EquianoOlaudah
 
These two “Equiano Projects” are distinct.
Olaudah Equiano was the first political activist within Britain’s African community during the 18th century. https://equiano.uk
The Premiere Event of the Equiano Project:
Is it time to forge a new narrative about race?
 
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From FEE: “Atlanta– The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is pleased to announce that Zilvinas Silenas has been appointed to serve as the organization’s 11th president, succeeding Lawrence W. Reed this spring. Mr. Silenas brings to FEE over a decade of free-market think tank leadership, together with an energetic belief in the power of education in the principles of freedom to improve both the lives of individuals and the course of humanity worldwide.” •••
 
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Daniel Hannan ••• & John O’Sullivan ••• on Iain Murray’s ••• new book, The Socialist Temptation •••
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“Socialism does not come offering bread lines, secret police, or gulags. It sells itself as a decent and uplifting creed. It appeals to our belief in fairness, in kindness, in standing up for the little guy—even, sometimes, in patriotism. Iain Murray takes those claims seriously. Instead of using socialism as a swear word, as conservatives sometimes do, he properly analyzes its appeal. When a lot of people, even on the right, are falling for arguments that ought to have been discredited long ago, this is a vital task—especially so, perhaps, during the authoritarian spasm that has followed the coronavirus infections. Restoring freedom is going to be a grueling and arduous task. Here is the instruction manual.” —Daniel Hannan, former Member of the European Parliament and founding president of the Initiative for Free Trade •••
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“With the rise of belief in socialism among young people, we need a book about it that they’ll read. This is it. Iain Murray has written a masterpiece of concise evidence-based argument that demolishes socialism in every particular. It’s short. It’s highly readable. And it packs an intellectual punch.” —John O’Sullivan, president of the Danube Institute ••• and author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister ••• (Ashbrook)
 
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July 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Three Gorges Dam, China
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“German-Chinese hydrologist Wang Weiluo told Radio France Internationale on Monday the dam could collapse at any moment. Wang pointed out that the dam’s design, construction, and quality inspection were all carried out by the same group of people and that the project was finished too quickly using substandard concrete.”
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Dreams, Engineering, Failure: books by Henry Petroski - the role of failure in successful design ••• ~glyph 415
 
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Fabien Cousteau plans the International Space Station of the Deep Sea ••• (Forbes)
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‘“Today there’s this misperception that all knowledge is known,” says Northeastern professor Brian Helmuth, a scientific collaborator on the project who credits Jacques Cousteau for inspiring his career in marine biology. “If you want to know something, you just have to look it up on the internet, going to Wikipedia. The idea that there is still so much that is unknown has been lost from the public consciousness. And that’s critical for rekindling the appetite for exploration.”’ —from the above article
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Unended Quest.com (entire book) the autobiography of Karl R. Popper
 
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Robert Gore, on freeorder (although not named by that word)
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“The order that will emerge in some places—if humanity survives—will be the order that flows from freedom: the order of free thought, free expression, free production, and free exchange. The order of people who respect individual rights—they’re own and everyone else’s—and will fight to the death to defend them. The order of those who seek neither to rule nor to be ruled. The order of those independent thinkers who hold reason, truth and reality paramount. The time for humanity to reach its shining potential was many millennia ago, but it’s never too late. Never underestimate the power of one, and never underestimate the power of ones—those who envision humanity’s glory and work together to achieve and defend it.” —“The Power of Ones” ••• on Gore’s Straight Line Logic •••
 
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Updated: Vortex Socrates : fearless inquiry •••
 
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Walter Williams’ Facebook page ••• offers insights into constraints impeding the emergence of freeorder, and teaches things good to understand if the intent is to dissolve those constraints.
 
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Daniel Hannan’s Foreword to How Market Environmentalism Can Protect Nature and Save the World ••• <— download the entire book without charge, edited by Christopher Barnard Kai Weiss.
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“Just as private ownership is good for the environment, so is sovereignty. Indeed, the desire to protect our green spaces is rooted, ultimately, in love of homeland. The clue is in the name: conservatives are natural conservationists. The environment, more than anything else, embodies Edmund Burke’s definition of society as a partnership between the living, the dead and the yet unborn.
“So why is it so often seen to be the other way around? Why is environmentalism thought to be owned by the Left? Why are environmental solutions almost always presented as depending on more bureaucracy, higher taxes, wealth redistribution, and a loss of national sovereignty?”
 
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“Prescribed Burns Benefit Bees” 🐝🐝🐝 ~thanks to Susan Schmidt, and Linx Selby
 
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The New Culture Forum ••• London
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“Culture, it is said, is upstream from politics. Certainly, we in the New Culture Forum believe that cultural issues are the defining ones of our time.
“More and more people are passionately engaged in these issues, but feel there is no outlet within an atmosphere which is dominated by the existence of a liberal/left groupthink. The triumph of cultural relativism and political correctness in the opinion-forming fields of the media, academia, education and culture has meant that this groupthink has become even more deeply entrenched. The liberal establishment sets the terms of debate.
“At a time of threat from extremism, the West finds itself besieged from within and without. Too often our enemies and our opinion formers appear to agree that Western culture is indefensible or a source purely of shame.
“We, however, believe that the West is in fact a unique bastion of reasoned freedom and that Britain in particular should be proud of the great role it has played in Western education, art and culture.”
 
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flattenthefear.com — a project of Job Creators Network •••
 
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Mises University ••• is in full session
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Jeff Diest, President: “Mises University is happening now! Not a watered-down online version, but a full-fledged Mises Institute live event. Students from around the country are on our beautiful campus and are devouring the lectures we offer.
“Our students are among the best and brightest. Their willingness to read serious books and engage in deep, difficult thought sets them apart from their peers. I am glad they are here this week! We're building relationships and connections that will last for decades.”
 
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The Great U-Turn: from decline to renewal
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We are beginning a transition from the decline of America 2.0 to the awakening of America 3.0.
'Whatever travails may beset us in the years ahead, we believe that an attempt to “double-down” on the Progressive vision will ultimately fail, if only because it cannot possibly be paid for. This failure may provoke the crisis that will complete the Great U-Turn. However contemporary events play out, we anticipate a new, third era in the history of the Republic, re-synthesized on the original vision and principles of the Founders.’ —Bennett & Lotus, America 3.0: rebooting American prosperity in the 21st century—why America’s greatest days are yet to come, pg. 185, in chapter 7, “The Great U-Turn”
If we succeed, history will say: the “woked,” at the end of 2.0, sought dominance, but in the dawn of 3.0 they were displaced by the newly awakened. (Among those newly awakened were many of the formerly “woked”.)
The change will move our culture from schooling to education, from being taught what to think, to learning how to think.
We will restore, invent, and build. We will criticize by creating.
 
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The destruction of money by continuous massive issue
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‘The covid-19 pandemic environment has pushed the Federal Reserve to print $2.9 trillion in new paper money in just 13 weeks, or about $22 million a minute, the analysts detailed. “By any measure, this is corruption of money on an industrial scale,” they exclaimed, predicting that investors will pour money into bitcoin and gold “as a safe haven when they lose confidence in paper money.”’ https://news.bitcoin.com/ferocious-rally-weiss-ratings-bullish-bitcoin-price-70k/ vMulligan
 
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Real Clear Markets ••• — articles, titles, url
 
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Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, on Donald Trump
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“Those who have not studied Sun Tzu’s The Art of War (孫子兵法) can never fully understand Trump and his way. … Trump’s understanding of (military) strategy is on the level of its original creator.” https://www.facebook.com/notes/yasuhiko-genku-kimura/trump-and-the-art-of-war/10157715288169856
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“Yasuhiko Genku Kimura is a philosopher, a Buddhist priest and scholar, and is now working as a consultant/advisor to corporate CEOs and their companies. His English publications include The Book of Balance, Think Kosmically Act Globally, and Think: The First Principle of Business Ethics.” I will add that I’ve known Yasuhiko for a long time, and can attest that he is a deeply intelligent man, whose reading is extensive. Whatever each of us may think of Trump the fact that GYK thinks of him this way is intriguing, and worth a bit of time to ask, “how could this be?” There are many surface indications that it could not be so, but then, they are surface.” -ls
 
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Leif Smith: What is to be done? a quiet, fast, revolution [glyph 619]
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Imagine a wheel. At the top, collectives — at the bottom, individuals. That wheel must be made to revolve. Why? For all who value exploration, curiosity, imagination, wonder, venture, challenge, integrity. There are many of us. We will turn the wheel. Here's how: We will tell stories of a new world, listen for adventures, share them, invest in the best of them, and from each we will draw power to turn the wheel. We will weave patterns of thought and action inspiring networks that change expectations. We will design for emergence, limit control, manifest strengths, live in freeorder. This is what is to be done.
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All action is driven by expectation.
 
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Jeffrey A. Tucker: “One of the most marvelous books I’ve read this year is Donald Henderson’s personal story of the eradication of smallpox. The book is Smallpox: The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer. It’s a brilliant and thrilling adventure story by a man who worked his entire life to make the world a better place. He was also the author (with others) of a mighty treatise against lockdowns that appears at AIER. He died in 2016, which is tragic because we could have used his wisdom in these crazy times.”
 
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Matt Taibbi: “Year Zero: On America's birthday, celebrating the corporate-sponsored revolution: It’s the Fourth of July, and revolution is in the air. Only in America would it look like this: an elite-sponsored Maoist revolt, couched as a Black liberation movement whose canonical texts are a corporate consultant’s white guilt self-help manual, and a New York Times series rewriting history to explain an election they called wrong.” —the first paragraph of a long article, available to subscribers of Taibbi’s Substack •••
 
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W. S. Churchill: “Civilization will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe.” https://slife.org/winston-churchill-quotes/ vGuardian
 
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June 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Daniel Hannan ••• 13 June 2020: “Removing the statue of Cecil Rhodes would be cowardly and anti-intellectual. There is no point parading your moral superiority over Rhodes simply because he upheld the values of his age.”
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“In 1357, afflicted by plague and military disaster, the people of Siena demolished a statue of Venus. As Tom Holland explains in his wonderful history, Dominion, the Sienese were acting as earlier Christians had done, convinced that, by pulverising pagan carvings, they were exorcising demons. Iconoclasm – the destruction of graven images – has been a feature of many millenarian  movements down the ages. The latest cult to embrace it can be found gathered outside my old Oxford college, Oriel, howling at a little effigy of Cecil Rhodes.” … “
 
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“How disbanding police can lead to less crime and less conflict ••• Joe Jarvis, June 14, 2020 for The Daily Bell •••
 
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Deterioration of journalism: “The American Press Is Destroying Itself” ••• Matt Taibbi, former contributing editor for Rolling Stone
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How is is now: “It’s been learned in these episodes [recent] we may freely misreport reality, so long as the political goal is righteous.”
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How it was then: “The ideal … was that we showed you everything we could see, good and bad, ugly and not, trusting that a better-informed public would make better decisions. This vision of media stressed accuracy, truth, and trust in the reader’s judgment as the routes to positive social change.”
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And once upon a time in the Soviet Union, Lenin stated explicitly in a speech published in Pravda in 1920: “We say: morality is what serves to destroy the old exploiting society and to unite all the working people around the proletariat, which is building up a new, communist society.” —from “May Day: The Conspiracy of Silence Around the Romance of Evil” ••• by Michael Strong
 
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The use of Ozone Therapy against Coronavirus: “A Plausible "Penny" Costing Effective Treatment for Corona Virus - Ozone Therapy” ••• by Robert Jay Rowen, MD and Howard Robins, DPM
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“Ozone and oxidation therapies as a solution to the emerging crisis in infectious disease management: a review of current knowledge and experience” ••• Robert Jay Rowen,
Private Medical Practice, Santa Rosa, CA. This paper includes an account of Dr. Rowen’s use of Ozone Therapy during the West African Ebola epidemic, upon invitation of Sierra Leone’s president.
 
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Is it possible that this letter may be the equivalent of Emile Zola’s devastating article on the injustice of the persecution of Dreyfus?
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Anonymous letter from a Berkeley professor to anonymous colleagues •••
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Zola and Dreyfus
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‘On January 13, 1898, the most famous front page in the history of journalism appeared in a French paper beneath a one-word headline: “J’accuse!” (I accuse!). In the 4,000-word open letter that ran beneath it, France’s leading novelist, Emile Zola, accused the French government of having orchestrated a travesty of justice four years before, in which an innocent Jewish captain in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus, was convicted of treason and sentenced to solitary confinement for life on Devil's Island – a hellish penal colony off the coast of South America. Zola’s letter exploded with the force of a bomb, causing French society to split in two: …’ —from https://www.shapell.org/manuscript/emile-zola-dreyfus-affair
 
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Free the People is proud to bring you How to Love Your Enemy: A Restorative Justice Story.
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‘A city in Colorado tries a different kind of justice system, powerful enough to transform a broken system of mass incarceration in the United States. Instead of locking up non-violent offenders, these advocates focus on the challenging but rewarding process of individual responsibility, forgiveness, and redemption that radically shifts our idea of justice and our part in it.
‘This Free the People original documentary film was the winner of Best Feature and Best Director at Front Range Film Festival and has been selected at numerous other film festivals across the country, now postponed due to COVID-19. Free the People is releasing the full film ahead of schedule to join the conversation happening right now about police violence and racial disparities in our justice system in the United States. "How To Love Your Enemy" is an emotionally compelling story about real people working to make things right, and a tutorial for other communities looking to restore faith in their justice systems and law enforcement.’
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Restorative Justice ••• Longmont, Colorado
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“Longmont police have found they can impact offenders without charging and arresting them for their crimes. The city’s restorative justice program, run by the Longmont Community Justice Partnership ••• has become known nationally for its unique model and close ties to the city’s law enforcement.” ~thanks to Steve Elliott - from “Threads” June 2019
 
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“Brexit and the Power of Optimism” ••• Daniel Hannan, Cato’s Letter, Winter 2017
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“I went to the European Parliament urging the abolition of the place, which is a tough sell.) They used to mock Cato and mimic his voice, and every time he stood up they would groan. But you know what—in the end, they did it [Romans destroyed Carthage]. And it was the same with our referendum about leaving the European Union. You can achieve the most extraordinary things if you have a better song to sing. And that’s really the message that I want to share with you tonight—about how you win as optimists.”
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Hannan has a better understanding of freeorder than any politician I’ve encountered. -ls
 
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Government restrictions on speech about healing must stop - a message from the Alliance for Natural Healing: “see you in court” •••
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The FDA, FTC, and other agencies are gagging MDs and other practitioners with a slew of warning letters, preventing them from advising their patients and the public on how to stay healthy during the pandemic.
One warning letter was sent to a nutritionist who talked about the results of a recent study showing that the severity of coronavirus patient outcomes was tied to the patient's vitamin D status. The post concluded, "The bottom line? In order to give yourself the best defense against the coronavirus, begin with optimizing your vitamin D status to at least 30 ng/ml starting today." 30 ng/ml is just the minimum safe level of vitamin D on standard tests used by almost all doctors. But this nutritionist could face fines or even jail for sharing this basic information.
We have a simple message for these federal agencies: We’ll see you in court. Will you stand with us and support our petition and our legal efforts?
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My wife, Pat, worked in a health food store years ago and witnessed government officials remove all the folic acid from the shelves because the label said it would help prevent birth defects.
 
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BBEdit 13.0 (for MacOS) now allows exploration of “grep” patterns! This just must have something to do with freeorder - I’m working on it :-)
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The "Pattern Playground" window provides an interactive interface for experimenting with the behavior of Grep patterns (regular expressions). This makes the process of creating complicated patterns much less trial-and-error, since you can see exactly what will match, and how, before committing to any irreversible actions.’ x.com -notes for BBEdit 13.0
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“BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for macOS. This
award-winning product has been crafted to serve the needs of writers,
Web authors and software developers, and provides an abundance of
features for editing, searching, and manipulation of prose, source code,
and textual data.” •••
 
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“Academia as the World's Leading Social Problem and What to Do About It” ••• by Michael Strong, first published by FLOW and The Free Cities Institute
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“For reasoned scholarship in a free society” —National Association of Scholars •••
 
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The 1921 Club ••• (glyph 421) is for anyone who likes the idea that the 19th century rather than the 20th should be the parent of the 21st.
 
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June 2, 2020: Armed citizens of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, defend their town against potential rioters. Good to see this ••• — Nothing like freeorder can exist in a culture dominated by predators. vGuardian
 
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May 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
A small object, placed at the right point, can cause a massive river to seek a new channel. The shift can be astonishingly swift.
Jim Shroads said, “hemogoblins”
 
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A bullet point history from the American Business History Center
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“This week we present another very brief ‘bullet point biography.’  A classic story of shattered dreams.” — Gary Hoover writes the story ••• of the Van Sweringen brothers, Cleveland, Ohio: Forgotten Empire Builders: Cleveland’s Van Sweringen Brothers
by Gary Hoover, May 29, 2020
 
“At the American Business History Center, we focus our energies on those companies (and their founders and leaders) which became household names or large businesses.  Yet history is littered with smaller ‘bit players’ on the economic stage. Some of them, like the unique, tragic Van Sweringen brothers of Cleveland, left lasting marks on their cities.  While we hesitate to give such interesting people short shrift, we figure it is better than no shrift at all.”
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A catalog ••• of Gary Hoover’s stories
 
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Question: How do we build a list of reliable journalists? What are our standards? Tests?
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Jason Goodman ••• is an independent journalist, supported by those who listen to him. Should we spend time listening to Jason Goodman?
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Goodman interviews ••• (YouTube) Alan Dershowitz: mandatory vaccinations?
 
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Spike Cohen’s philosophy •••
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You own yourself. 
Because you own yourself, you own your life and labor.
Because you own your labor, you own the product of your labor. That product is your property.
Because you own yourself, your life, your labor and your property (including money), it is inherently wrong for anyone to take any of these from you.
If someone calls themselves “the government”, that doesn’t suddenly make it right for them to take from you.  Therefore, all government is inherently wrong and should end.
I am running for VP on a message of radical libertarianism; that is, that all interactions between people should be peaceful and voluntary, and that therefore there is no good reason for government to exist.
 
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“Young Heretics is a podcast about truth, beauty, and the stuff that matters. While the academies of higher learning go ever crazier, Ph.D. in classics and Chief Heretic Spencer Klavan puts aside all the identity politics to get at the heart of what makes Western literature, philosophy, and poetry great.” •••
 
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Never underestimate the power of a question. Who will fight for your rights?” ••• by Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic •••
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Robert Gore is the author of the novel, The Golden Pinnacle ••• — someone told me, “if you like Ayn Rand, you will like this book.” He was right.
 
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“Meekness is not weakness. How different life is when we seek humility regardless of whether it looks cool or not.” —Scott Ragsdale, an interesting man, with much to contribute to the emergence of freeorder. His entire post •••
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“I am not a soft guy — so I share all this seeking wisdom and how it has made all the difference… by simply embracing and growing from negative experiences instead of being a victim, fighting and allowing myself to be consumed by negativity.
“Yes, I know …. it is easier said than done, but regardless of how challenging things get in your life, try not to get pulled down and waste time arguing/fighting/shouting over nothing.”
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Scott is a world-class endurance athlete and a co-founder of Naseba ••• Dubai.
 
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1 Earth Nation ••• Welcomes You ~thanks to Jim Shroads
 
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The online Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology ••• offered by USC Iovine and Young Academy
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Dreams, Engineering, Failure: books by Henry Petroski - the role of failure in successful design ••• ~glyph 415
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Imagination and architecture
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Pada Labs ••• Istanbul ~thanks to Robin Titus
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Ocean Builders ••• ~thanks to Mark Frazier
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Openworld Village ••• ~thanks to Mark Frazier
 
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Long vision & investment decisions
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Long-term vision and investment: Impact 17 ••• ~thanks to Robin Titus
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Le Group Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland: a short video ••• on the brevity of life and the importance of thinking about long-term investment in the well-being of community.
 
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Foolish regulation: Airlines are required to continue serving all the points they served on the date the coronavirus stimulus bill passed, regardless of whether they have any passengers ••• by Bob Poole, a founder of Reason Magazine
 
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“We Were Wrong: So Sorry that We Ruined Your Life” ••• an excellent article by Jeffrey A. Tucker on how governments made ignorance the basis to justify commands more destructive than the virus.
 
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COMMENTS on EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259: SUPPORT FOR supplement to proposed [EPA] rule: “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” •••
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“The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT ••• or the Committee) is pleased to submit the following comments in strong support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rulemaking titled Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.
“We believe this rulemaking is vitally important, long overdue, and essential to ensuring that all EPA policies and regulations are based on solid, replicable, peer-reviewed science, data, analyses and models. The proposed transparency rule will help ensure that important studies employed in support of significant EPA regulatory actions will be available for transparent reviews by qualified scientists and other experts, as well as citizens, businesses and other observers. It could and should also enable a much-needed review of past analyses and rulemakings that were based on questionable assumptions, hypotheses, data, computer models, studies and analytical practices – and/or on processes that were not transparent.
“Simply put, ending secretive science is basic common sense. It is an essential step in ensuring that evidence-based science supports policies and regulations that protect public health and welfare, while safeguarding our freedoms and prosperity, and preserving public support for and confidence in government agencies and regulations. Indeed, without transparency at every step in the process, abuses, fraud, and unnecessarily expensive and burdensome regulations are inevitable.” - CFACT’s entire response to the EPA is here:
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Chapter 13 of K. Eric Drexler’s Engines of Creation proposes a way to handle disagreements involving complex scientific issues. This chapter was on line without charge but has now disappeared. Information about alternative access would be appreciated.
 
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Collaborative Conservation, farmer/city/town agreements about water
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From Sand County Foundation ••• “Recently, our team negotiated a first of its kind agreement in Iowa that allows cities to meet water quality requirements by working with farmers to implement farm conservation practices that reduce fertilizer and manure runoff. By investing in farm conservation practice in the local watershed, cities could also avoid costly upgrades to water treatment plants.” ~thanks to Ed Warner
 
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Coronavirus: a point of view from a remarkably qualified person swimming against the current ••• Deborah Cahill, a long and worthwhile interview on YouTube. ~thanks to Phil Trice
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The development of resilience in a population depends on challenge and preparation for good response. Applicable to viruses of all kinds, physical, intellectual, financial. A people without challenge grows weak, dependent on others to “save” them. A path to eventual extinction.
 
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Strong’s Law: “Properly structured free enterprise always results over time in higher quality, lower cost, and more customized products and services.  This principle applies just as forcefully to the entrepreneurial supply of law, governance, community, housing, education, health care, and other environments supportive of happiness, and well being as it does to technology. Our world suffers because we have not allowed entrepreneurial initiative to fully address the most important issues facing humanity.”
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Article ••• by Michael Strong: “Radical Social Entrepreneurs: An Introduction to Strong’s Law”
 
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Great news, and an important moment: “Dallas Salon Owner Shelley Luther Freed From Jail by Texas Supreme Court Order” ••• a bit of the world as it could be and ought to be.
 
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Azimuth Project ••• ~thanks to Dan Geisler ••• who has just taken a job with Azimuth to model Coronavirus
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“The Azimuth Project is a group effort to study the mathematical sciences for “saving the planet.” Our goal is to make clearly presented topic literature, and to help people work together in study and research efforts. We convene at the Azimuth Forum, which is open to all who are interested in mathematical thinking and its applications to problems that matter. Most recently, for example, there is an ongoing discussion about mathematical epidemiology and its application to the Corona virus pandemic.”
 
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Zinc, chloroquinine, and the virus ••• (YouTube: skip ad and go to 1:40) a video by Roger Seheult, MD that wastes no time making and illustrating the point ~thanks to Frank Shallenberger, Paul LaViolette, and Pierre de Rochemont
 
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Imagination and architecture
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Pada Labs ••• Istanbul ~thanks to Robin Titus
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Ocean Builders ••• ~thanks to Mark Frazier
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Openworld Village ••• ~thanks to Mark Frazier
 
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Long vision & investment decisions
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Long-term vision and investment: Impact 17 ••• ~thanks to Robin Titus
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Le Group Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland: a short video ••• on the brevity of life and the importance of thinking about long-term investment in the well-being of community.
 
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Foolish regulation: Airlines are required to continue serving all the points they served on the date the coronavirus stimulus bill passed, regardless of whether they have any passengers ••• by Bob Poole, a founder of Reason Magazine
 
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April 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
A small object, placed at the right point, can cause a massive river to seek a new channel. The shift can be astonishingly swift.
 
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“If today Alexander Fleming announced his accidental discovery of penicillin, the first sentence of every news report would say “no evidence exists that it is a cure.” This is a mind-set whose instinct is to diminish hope. Fortunately, there’s no evidence that the American people want to live that way.” —Daniel Henninger, last paragraph of an article ••• in WSJ, Apr 29, 2020
 
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Christian Saucier, founder at Cryptotech.guru ••• Startup societies and ULEX legal system ••• (8 minutes on YouTube). ULEX ••• is an open source legal system - https://github.com/proftomwbell/Ulex
 
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“Special Economic Zones Could Jumpstart the U.S. Recovery” ••• Joseph McKinney & Eric Sass, April 29, 2020, “Special economic zones (SEZs)—which have different economic and trade regulations than the host state or county—can stimulate trade and attract new investment. Congress needs to help innovators and entrepreneurs create more of them, now.”
 
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The Unseen and The Seen: “Lives crushed vs. lives saved: America at the tipping point” ••• Paul Prentice, 19 Apr 2020, “The economy is not some machine that can be turned off and on at the whim of politicians and medical experts. The economy is us, we the people …” - published by John Andrews in Backbone America 22 Apr 2020
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Frédéric Bastiat, What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen (1850) ••• (a foundation stone of the cathedral of freeorder), in French and English, presented by David M. Hart •••
 
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Food for and of Thought
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“The study of high cuisine – of the false consciousness of chefs – is a tenuous foundation on which to build a superstructure of philosophy and social history. But it does suggest a different, related inquiry … This is the question of why societies become obsessed by food. Why, and where, does a cuisine-centred culture flourish, in which people write and build theories about food?” —Hangchow Retrouvé: Emma Rothschild writes about the high culture of food ••• London Review of Books ••• 22 May 1980 [article is free of paywall for a short time]
 
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Virus: Article ••• published by AIER ••• by George Gilder •••. Note the links to Briggs assessment of various kinds of statistical work, and consider this: “… slow to see that the problem was impaired hemogloblin in the blood rather than lung damage.”
 
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Aristotle on Personal Excellence ••• ongoing research of Peter Saint-Andre •••
 
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A protest against the current lockdown policies ••• —Guido Hülsmann ••• writing from France
 
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SpaceX (SPACE) is targeting next week for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with broadband satellites. The mission will mark SpaceX's seventh for its Starlink ••• constellation, which is aimed at transmitting internet connectivity to remote and underserved users around the world.
 
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Team Rubicon (TR) responding ••• to the Virus
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“Disaster relief is centered on the concept of humanity. Right now, during this public health crisis, Team Rubicon has faced an unprecedented demand to provide essential services across the country and are doing everything possible to meet this need safely. Our focus continues to center on providing support for the most critical community lifelines, which include food, water, and shelter. Additionally, TR has launched medical responses near cities where hospitals are strained, and COVID-19 cases are projected to rise.”
 
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“Think again if you believe draconian controls recommended by a few (but far from all) medical experts are saving many lives from COVID-19. Facts reported by mathematician Yitzhak Ben Israel of Tel Aviv University don’t support such beliefs.” ••• Barry Brownstein ••• American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) •••
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‘Professor Israel found that no matter how much or little politicians quarantined the population, “coronavirus peaked and subsided in the exact same way.” Whether the country relied on politicians shutting the country down (the US and UK, for example) or private voluntary actions (Sweden), Prof. Israel’s work shows that “all countries experienced seemingly identical coronavirus infection patterns, with the number of infected peaking in the sixth week and rapidly subsiding by the eighth week.’ ••• [original article, in Hebrew]
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Here's what someone who belongs to the Tom Woods Show Elite wrote yesterday:
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“I relinquish any claim on the lives of the young. As an oldster who is presumed to be peculiarly susceptible to the ravages of COVID-19, I will not ask anyone to sacrifice days, weeks or months of their time, love, life, and livelihood on my behalf. It is grotesque for the old to ask the young to sacrifice for them. Go. Live your lives. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather. I have no claim on you for my welfare.” -I agree. -ls
 
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“All fundamental scientific discoveries change the structure of human affairs.” —Richard Rhodes, 2012 — a quotation found at the Payne Institute for Public Policy ••• at Colorado School of Mines
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“In the Fertile Crescent, the work of the colonial cartographers—Gertrude Bell, Winston Churchill, and Georges Clemenceau—are in play as they have never been before.” —from the Foreword, by Fuad Ajami and Charles Hill, to Weaver's Lost Art - The Great Unraveling: The Remaking of the Middle East ••• Charles Hill ••• Hoover Institution Press, 2014. Kindle Edition, available on Amazon.
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Old maps, held in mind, obscure the shifting of rivers as they respond to forces unknown to careless map keepers and readers.
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“Since remote antiquity, statecraft’s great metaphor has been weaving. Traces of cloth found at Fayoum and depictions of weavers at work on the walls of pharaonic Egypt reveal the centrality of weaving to ordered life in the ancient world.”
 
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“Physically-defined universities will slowly give way to cloud-based universities.” ••• Alvin Rabushka, Hoover Institution
 
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“Since 1975, we have grown, saved, and shared heirloom seeds and led a movement to protect biodiversity and preserve heirloom varieties. At the heart of our organization is a seed bank that houses a collection of 20,000+ rare, open-pollinated varieties. With gardeners like you, we can get these seeds where they belong—in gardens and on tables everywhere, for generations to come. When seeds are in our bank, they are protected. When seeds are growing in your garden, they thrive.” —Seed Savers Exchange •••
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Explorers Foundation investment in the work of Seed Savers Exchange •••
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Compare Seed Savers Exchange ••• to Liberty Fund •••
 
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“Many Americans could die in the coming weeks and months thanks to the FDA’s blockade on coronavirus testing.” ••• James Bovard ••• Mises Institute ••• ~thanks to Lara Ewing Himber
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‘Dr. David Kessler, who became FDA commissioner in 1990, quickly sought to intimidate the companies that his agency regulates. A laudatory Washington Post article concluded, "What he cannot accomplish with ordinary regulation, Kessler hopes to accomplish with fear.”
Dr. Kessler declared in 1992: "If members of our society were empowered to make their own decisions…then the whole rationale for the [FDA] would cease to exist." Kessler derided "freedom of choice" as an illusion unless people are presented only with government-approved choices.’
 
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Predicted hospitalizations vs. actual hospitalizations: ‘Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, took a serious look at the IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) Coronavirus model and called it “garbage.” Davis makes his case through a series of tweets (below). Davis found that the actual numbers of hospitalizations on April 1 were a fraction of the numbers projected by the IHME model.’ ••• ‘Davis writes that if we’re going to shut down the entire nation’s economy to “flatten the curve” based on the projections of a single model, it shouldn’t be too much to ask that the model approximate reality when it comes to hospitalizations.’
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Those who thrive on increased control do not like to see fear diminished.
 
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“The looming collapse of the Eurozone” ••• Tuomas Malinen, 2 Apr 2020 ~thanks to Jim Bennett for this link to an article in “reaction.life”, edited by Iain Martin, former editor of The Telegraph
 
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Which is the greater danger: the virus or the response of governments?
 
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Virus: Roundup: Just a few of the disease experts who have criticized the hysterical reaction to COVID-19 ••• Daniel Payne - Assistant Editor. The College Fix, April 1, 2020 — this is a good collection, worth thinking about.
 
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The Tyranny of Metrics ••• Jerry Z. Muller, published by Princeton University Press, 2018
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March 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Capitalism vs. Socialism, with Guides: Michael Strong, Carrie-Ann Biondi | Mon, Wed & Fri | April 6th - June 5th | 3:00 PM EST (2:00 PM Central, 12:00 PM Pacific)
 
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“Those who believe that what you cannot quantify does not exist also believe that what you can, does.” —Aaron Haspel
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Found on the first page of The Tyranny of Metrics ••• Jerry Z. Muller
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“How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government” —publisher
 
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“Serenity” ••• Peter Saint-Andre offers some ideas on how to live well
 
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Anatomy Insights with Jon Zahourek: Classic video clips on timeless topics in anatomy •••
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Anatomy in Clay® Learning System •••
 
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Systemic, Proteolytic Enzymes: “Just about everything that makes us sick is either a protein or is protected by a protein and is therefore subject to control by proteolytic enzymes. In this report, we’re going to take a look at exactly what systemic, proteolytic enzymes are, what they do, how they do it, and what the ideal proteolytic formula looks like.” ••• Jon Barron •••
 
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Individuals: Resilience or Vulnerability?
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“The most important change in the way individuals are viewed in the 21st century is the shift from a presumption of resilience towards defining individuals by their vulnerability. … Once vulnerability is seen to trump human resilience, people’s ability to deal with adversity can end up being compromised.” -Frank Furedi, “A disaster without precedent: Covid-19 is a huge blow to humanity, but it need not break the human spirit” ••• in Spiked-Online ••• ~thanks to Victor Hill for recommending Furedi’s essay in his article ‘The fallout from the “China Virus”’ •••
 
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Habeas Corpus - “the supreme protection invented by the English people for ordinary individuals against the state”
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“You might however consider whether you should not unfold as a background the great privilege of habeas corpus and trial by jury, which are the supreme protection invented by the English people for ordinary individuals against the state. The power of the Executive to cast a man in prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government, whether Nazi or Communist.” —Winston Churchill, In a telegram (November 21, 1942) by Churchill from Cairo, Egypt to Home Secretary Herbert Morrison; cited in In the Highest Degree Odious (1992), Simpson, Clarendon Press, p. 391 ISBN 0198257759 ~thanks to libquotes.com ••• and to Larry Arnn •••
 
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“Coronavirus puts absurdity of inflexible government regulations in sharp relief
Thirty-five states have Certificate of Need laws that limit important health care services” ••• editorial on by Anastasia Boden and Angela Erickson on Fox Business
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Two deficiencies of freeorder: 1) excess design restricting emergence of spontaneous order; 2) excess spontaneous order not restricted by the imposition of design. The above describes instances of the first form of defect.
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Family fights crony “Competitor’s Veto” law •••
 
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Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government ••• “This seminal treatise in the history of ideas demonstrates what has come to be known as the Higgs thesis: that government grows in periods of crisis, for example, war and depression. He demonstrates this with a detailed look at twentieth century economic history. Higgs's thesis is so compelling that it has become the dominant paradigm for understanding the so-called ratchet effect: government grows during crisis and then retrenches afterwards, but not to the same level as before. This book is absolutely essential for anyone who seeks to understand the dynamics of government growth and the loss of liberty.” ~Mises Institute •••
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Contents:
Part I. Framework
▪ 1. The Sources of Big Government: A Critical Survey of Hypotheses
▪ 2. How Much Has the Government Grown? Conventional Measures and an Alternative View
▪ 3. On Ideology as an Analytical Concept in the Study of Political Economy
▪ 4. Crisis, Bigger Government, and Ideological Change: Toward an Understanding of the Ratchet
Part II. History
▪ 5. Crisis Under the Old Regime, 1893-1896
▪ 6. The Progressive Era: A Bridge to Modern Times
▪ 7. The Political Economy of War, 1916-1918
▪ 8. The Great Depression: "An Emergency More Serious than War"
▪ 9. The Political Economy of War, 1940-1945
▪ 10. Crisis and Leviathan: From World War II to the 1980s
▪ 11. Retrospect and Prospect
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“Crisis and Leviathan is a blockbuster of a book, one of the most important of the last decade. It is that rare and wondrous combination: scholarly and hard-hitting, lucidly written and libertarian as well.” —Murray N. Rothbard, late S.J. Hall Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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“Insightful, compelling, and clear, Higgs breaks new ground in explicating the most important socio-political trend of our time—the growth of American government.” —The Freeman
 
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“Policymakers must approach this pandemic head on, with calm and humility. Calm, because a virus is not the only contagion we face. Panic is its own contagion, one that impairs judgment. Humility, because even when policymakers do not act out of panic, their best laid plans often go awry. … policymakers must first discard laws that are preventing health professionals from responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.” ••• CATO
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 The Fatal Conceit, by F. A. Hayek
knowing too much can be more dangerous than knowing too little
Editorial Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Was Socialism a Mistake?
1. Between Instinct and Reason
2. The Origins of Liberty, Property and Justice
3. The Evolution of the Market: Trade and Civilisation
4. The Revolt of Instinct and Reason
5. The Fatal Conceit
6. The Mysterious World of Trade and Money
7. Our Poisoned Language
8. The Extended Order and Population Growth
9. Religion and the Guardians of Tradition
Appendices
Editor's Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index
December 21, 2007; edited/updated November 30, 2017
 
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“That a majority of the electorate is this deeply alienated from the establishment can’t be dismissed as bigotry and ignorance. There are solid and serious grounds for doubting the competence and wisdom of America’s self-proclaimed expert class.” ••• Walter Russell Mead, in WSJ, 25 Mar 20
 
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“There is great public-health damage from both the virus and from mass unemployment and recession.” ••• Wall Street Journal, 25 March 2020
 
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“Liberty in the Midst of a Pandemic” ••• Ari Armstrong, in Complete Colorado ••• a news site worth a visit for many reasons
 
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“Francisco’s Money Speech” ••• Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
 
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Ozone may defeat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) ••• Dr. Robert Jay Rowen
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“Conclusion: The world already has a most inexpensive, safe, and likely effective remedy for deadly viral diseases, which exploits their redox vulnerability at critical membrane cysteine sites. Ozone therapy could be easily deployed worldwide. This epidemic could provide a means to study ozone therapy very ethically by treating seriously ill patients, who might otherwise expire, with ozone therapy under the auspices of the institution’s review board. Governments should take notice.”
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A longer paper by Rowen on ozone and viruses •••
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Dr. Rowen’s message on Facebook, 3 Feb 2020
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I have just uploaded a paper with high relevance to coronavirus to my office website. Due to formatting, the scientific references were omitted. However, every statement regarding biochemistry is verified in the medical and/or viral/biochemical literature.
Typically, an author would not put out a paper until it is published. However, in this case, lives may be lost if this information is ignored, as, in my opinion, it likely will be. Medical journals are not geared up for information like this as it challenges the stranglehold Pharma has on the industry.
It is a fast and easy read, summarizing my video. I do encourage you to share it. Please forward it to news media, such as Fox, and others. I cannot do it all, and coming from me, it seems to fall on deaf ears. Perhaps they think I have something to gain, other than seeing less pain and suffering by a very promising therapy.
Were this a patentable matter, I would bet that it would be plastered all over the billboards by now.
Thanks for assisting.
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I take Dr. Rowen seriously, ever since, from a distance, I watched him, in ten days, take a good friend from a “terminal” bone eating disease to full recovery.
 
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A novel approach to defeating viruses, a Venus Flytrap: “bind-encapsulates-destroy” ••• this is not a recommendation to buy stock; it’s a pointer to an idea that may have merit.
 
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Does the harm from the coronavirus panic exceed that of the virus itself? ‘“Flattening The Curve” Just Isn’t Worth It, Dr Fauci’ ••• Anton Wahlman
 
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Time Magazine (2014 cover story): “We Were Wrong About Saturated Fats” •••
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“… a PhD. biochemist nutritionist from the University of Maryland by the name of Mary Enig was documenting the history of fats and oils in America, showing that the anti-saturated fat campaign that ushered toxic trans fats into the U.S. market was based on politics and not science. Her article “The Oiling of America” in the Weston A. Price magazine in 1999 remains one of the best articles ever written on the politics versus science of edible oils in America.”
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This happens over and over - a good reason to get government out of health care, while replacing the good things it does with equal or better solutions emergent from people free to innovate and offer.
 
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Viruses and Economics - Anton Wahlman writes ••• in Seeking Alpha:
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Investors now have to ponder the precedent of shutting down the economy of every future virus too. How often? This is the biggest risk of all time.
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Is the society-wide cost of the shutdown greater than building more hospitals, without shutting down everything else? I argue that it is not -- by perhaps a factor of 1,000.
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What this will do to private property and the sanctity of contracts, is what is making me the most pessimistic about the future of the equity market.
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The only way to prevent this for the future, is for political and business leaders to reopen for business and promise to never shut down again for virus reasons.
 
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“Lying in Politics” ••• by Hanna Arendt, published in 1971 by The New York Review of Books •••
 
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Requisite Hierarchy, a concept introduced to me by Bill Casey, of Executive Leadership Group •••, who draws on the work of Elliott Jaques. See “In Praise of Hierarchy” ••• (Harvard Business Review).
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Law of Requisite Hierarchy •••, from Cybernetic Laws of Social Progress, p. 115.
 
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Opinions based on beliefs that we find not credible may nonetheless be correct.
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Suspicion of authority expressed by people whose beliefs we cannot share may nonetheless be justified.
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Attempts to shut down such people in the name of reason must be opposed.
 
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‘Attempts to Increase Bitcoin's Supply Would End Up With Another "Bitcoin”’ •••
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Anyone thinking about the U.S. Constitution may find this interesting.
 
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Herland Forest ••• Natural Burial Cemetery - managed by members of the Windward Community ••• As a cooperative community of over 30 years, Windward is dedicated to modeling the practical human-scale technologies and integrated village-scale systems needed to support sustainable rural communities on marginal land.
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Stewardship call us to create a lasting home, while connecting with the wider community of life. We recognize that we can only steward what we truly love, and that we can only truly love something that we understand–something that we live with, spend time with and keenly observe, something that inspires us and that we stand beside to protect.
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Herland Forest is a community-based, not-for-profit natural burial cemetery and stewardship forest in south-central Washington about 80 miles east of Portland, OR. We’re dedicated to helping people go home by another way.
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Herland Forest is managed by  members of the Windward Community. A 501(c)(3) transitional center and sustainability education and research center.
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Explorers Foundation investment in the work of Walt Patrick and the Windward Community •••
 
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Note, in email, from Edward Stringham, President, American Institute for Economic Research •••
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“Something like a pandemic virus can reveal problems that had previously been unseen. 
“The good news is that this problem will pass in time, but a sound strategy right now, in addition to individual caution, is to free the markets to make the world economy less vulnerable to shocks such as this one. 
“What we absolutely should not do is make matters worse through massive coercive measures that panic investors, spread public hysteria, and prohibit people from making the best possible choices for their lives. The old truth pertains in normal times as well as in crisis times: people in their own lives are better managers than government-employed authoritarians who bear no liability for the cost of their decisions.”
 
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Supply chains, dependence, viruses, exodus from China, article ••• by Madison Gesiotto, in The Hill ••• 11 March 2020